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Oiseaux du parc
Birds of the park

[ Nikon D3300, Parc Frédéric-back, 2020/04/25 – 2020/05/03]

Douze espèces d’oiseaux observées en dix jours
Twelve bird species observed in ten days

Status report (End of April)

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The life in the time of the coronavirus continues… This is the third status report since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic (the other two were in March and mid-April). We’ve now been under confinement for six weeks (forty-two days — a true quarantine) ! 

Despite the apocalyptic feelings we get from the news, the moral is good. However, I am still slightly apprehensive that this heavenly isolation will ends. It starts to feels like an early retirement. But the world has to follow its course and the show must go on. I could be recalled to work anytime within the next two or four weeks. In order to avoid giving the impression that I had been sitting idle through this paid leave, I’ve sent to the libraries’ blog a few reading comments (manga and comics — since “May is the comics month”) that should be posted in the following weeks… (I’ve already contributed more than a dozen comments in 2017-18 and now more are coming).

Evidently, I kept busy. Beside my weekly postings and writing about the latest Notable news and Earth day, I took a break from reading and commented mainly about movies (The trip to Spain, Steve Jobs, Colette, Book Club) and a superb anime TV series (Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045). I wrote less because there was still a lot to do around the house: plumbing projects to finish, tiles to be replaced, a tree stump to be removed (although I’ve quit on this one), gardening, etc. 

[ iPhone 11 Pro, house work, 2020/04/20, 28-29 ]

Although I still have some gardening and painting to do, I am planning to go back to reading and writing about it. I still have a few novels to read (now I am reading the Japan epistolary travelog of Isabella Bird, Unbeaten Tracks in Japan — it’s so long and made mostly of descriptions) but I will concentrate mainly on manga and comics (I still have plenty of those to read!) because “May is the month of the comics” (Mai, le mois de la BD — for lack of activities in the libraries, the NFB is offering us a selection of films made by cartoonists or drawn from comic books). 

Indeed, May is at our doors! May, the most beautiful month of the year! The warm side of Spring that brings back the colour green, leaves on the trees, bugs & birds and… flowers! And, of course, the latest Star Wars movie (episode IX), The Rise of Skywalker, will start streaming on Disney+ on May the 4th [be with you]…

Stay safe !

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Poésie du dimanche

Si parfois la vie est pleine d’embûche
Que t’en arrache et que ça fait scier
T’as p’être pas été dans bonne branche

Rappel-toi que t’es un citoyen de souche
Que c’est dans ton sang, dans tes racines

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Iron flower
Out of the asphalt
Yup! It’s spring !

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Note: essai de pseudo-tanka (tanka-toy?) et photo-haïku. le pouète du dimanche, quand y trouve ça pas easy, y se réfugie dans l’humour. (Essaye donc de traduire ça gougle!) ごめんなさい!

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Raphus cucullatus

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[ iPhone 8+, Musée de la Civilisation de Québec, 2019/06/26 ]

Reconstitution moderne d’un dodo, moulage de tête et pieds [1866], patte [Holocène, c2000-2500 ans], Natural History Museum of London.

Ce grand oiseau originaire de l’Île Maurice (dans l’océan Indien) est surtout connu pour son extinction qui s’est produite à peine quatre-vingt-dix ans après ses premiers contacts avec l’être humain (des marins hollandais en 1598). Étrangement il ne subsiste aucun squelette complet de dodo. Il était gros (un mètre de haut environ), lent, incapable de voler et plutôt docile (ce qui en faisait une proie facile). Cette espèce appartient au genre Raphus (sous-famille des Raphidae), à la famille des Columbidae (oui, oui, il est apparenté aux pigeons!), et à l’ordre des Columbiformes. (Sources: fiche signalétique de l’exposition, Wikipedia).

J’ai pris cette photo en visitant l’exposition “Curiosités du monde naturel” qui se tenait au Musée de la Civilisation de Québec du 16 mai 2019 au 19 janvier 2020. J’en ai déjà parlé dans mes plus récents billets “Vendredi nature” (002.020.017024, 031038045052059 et 066). Voir aussi le vidéo memento de ma visite.

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Thylacinus cynocephalus & Panthera tigris

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Tigre de Tasmanie (Australie) et Tigre (Chine), Natural History Museum of London.

J’ai pris cette photo en visitant l’exposition “Curiosités du monde naturel” qui se tenait au Musée de la Civilisation de Québec du 16 mai 2019 au 19 janvier 2020. J’en ai déjà parlé dans mes billets “Vendredi nature” des 002.020.017002.020.024, 002.020.031 et 002.020.038.

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Smilodon fatalis

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Tigre à dents de sabre, USA, Pléistocène (12,000 ans), Natural History Museum of London.

J’ai pris cette photo en visitant l’exposition “Curiosités du monde naturel” qui se tenait au Musée de la Civilisation de Québec du 16 mai 2019 au 19 janvier 2020. J’en ai déjà parlé dans mes billets “Vendredi nature” des 002.020.017002.020.024 et 002.020.031.

Selon la fiche signalétique, “De la taille d’un lion et pourvu de dents longues et effilées, ce chat tout sauf gentil tendait des embuscades à de gands mammifères herbivores (…). Le Smilodon a disparu à la fin de la dernière glaciation — il s’agit d’un des rares tigres à dents de sabre à avoir possiblement rencontré des humains.”

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Tête de dasplétosaure (moulage)

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Daspletosaurus torosus, Alberta, Crétacé (72 à 75 milions d’années), Musée canadien de la nature.

J’ai pris cette photo en visitant l’exposition “Curiosités du monde naturel” qui se tenait au Musée de la Civilisation de Québec du 16 mai 2019 au 19 janvier 2020. J’en ai déjà parlé dans mes billets “Vendredi nature” des 002.020.017 et 002.020.024.

Selon la fiche signalétique, “ce proche parent du célèbre Tyranosaurus rex vivait dans la région de Red Deer River, en Alberta, il y a plusieurs dizaines de millions d’années. Il a été découvert en 1921 par Charles M. Sternberg, fils du réputé paléontologue Charles H. Sternberg. Des analyses réalisées au Musée canadien de la nature dans les années 1960 ont révélé qu’il s’agissait d’une toute nouvelle espèce de dinosaure. Parce que les fossiles originaux sont si uniques et précieux pour la recherche, les musées exposent souvent des reproductions de ceux-ci — des moulages.”

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Egyptian mummies: Exploring ancient lives

IMG_7086“Egyptian mummies: Exploring ancient lives” is the North American premiere of an exhibition created by the British Museum. Using digital image projections, explanatory videos and over two-hundred objects from ancient Egypt, it “reconstructs the lives of six people who lived along the Nile”. It tells the story of each of those individuals, their beliefs and the diseases they suffered from.

The original British Museum exposition (opened to the public from May to November 2014) was showcasing eight mummies, one-tenth of their Egyptian mummies’ collection. However, for its international tour the exhibition was limited to six mummies. It first opened at the The Powerhouse Museum in Sydney, Australia (from December 2016 to Avril 2017) before moving to Hong Kong in 2017, then Taipei, Taiwan (from November 2017 to February 2018) and it is now at the Museum of Fine Arts in Montreal from September 2019 to March 2020. The next stop will be in Toronto at the Royal Ontario Museum from May to September 2020.

In the early days of Egyptology, the only way to learn about mummies was to unwrap them. 19th century European collectors were even turning this into a social event with lavish “unwrapping parties.” However, the British Museum, with its strong ethics about artifact preservation, always refused to perform any invasive intervention on its mummies and its collection is therefore in excellent condition. Since the 1970s the development of cutting-edge technology, like combining x-ray devices with high-resolution three-dimensional computerized imaging (computerized tomography (CT) scanning) in order to create detailed 3D visualizations of the internal structures, has revealed much more informations that a simple unwrapping would have provided — while still preserving the mummies’ integrity. Combining the resources provided by medical science with those learned from anthropology and archaeology, has allowed the egyptologists to learn a tremendous amount of information about the life and death of ancient Egyptians: not only their culture and way of life, but also their biology, genetics, diet, diseases, burial practices and embalming techniques. This exhibition is illustrating all this through the exemples of six in dividuals (and their mummies) who lived in the Nile valley between 900 BCE and 180 CE.

Apparently the only official catalogue of the exhibition’s international tour was produced by the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney and is now sold out. However, the catalogue from the original British Museum exhibition is still available.

You can visit (and visit again) “Egyptian mummies: Exploring ancient lives” at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (1380 Sherbrooke Street West) from September 14, 2019 to March 29, 2020.

It is a superb and fascinating exhibition, rich in informations and artifacts. I enjoyed it greatly and everyone must absolutely see it. When I visited, in early January, the museum was packed (so, PLEASE don’t bring your five or six year-old Kids, as they might not be old enough to understand the complexity of such subject, and don’t bring your crying baby in its giant stroller !!!). stars-4-0

Here’s a teaser of the exhibition (available on Youtube):

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